I’m obviously a proponent of you, as a career manager (you are managing your own career, aren’t you?). I’m also quite interested in this entire broken process of landing a job, from all angles. There are problems with recruiters, there are problems with HR, there are problems with job boards, etc. When I hear new ideas that remedy any of those problems I get pretty excited, with some bleak hope that the idea of supply and demand of talent will be an enjoyable, pleasant thing 🙂
Excited is how I felt when I learned about HireVue. The concept was designed by a hiring manager at HP who couldn’t believe all the inefficiencies in interviewing people – specifically when these people were flying in from all over the place. Compound that with trying to coordinate hiring manager schedules and travel, … it can be a real mess.
Also, doesn’t it suck that we get a few minutes to impress the interviewers but they really don’t have anything to go back to, to see how brilliant our answers really were, or how cool and sophisticated we were in the interview? There are, of course, other problems.
That’s where HireVue enters the picture… and as a candidate (that’s what they call us “job seekers”) I got pretty excited. HireVue contracts with the company, for example, HP, works with hiring managers (or HR) to get the interview questions set up, and then sends out cameras to each of the interviewees. The interviewee then sits at home (or school, or somewhere with a high speed connection) and does an interview online. They do it when it is convenient for them.
Once the interview is done the hiring managers and HR get to watch, comment on, share thoughts about, and compare each of the interviewees. From there they can decide which interviewees to take to the next level (probably an on-site interview).
I can see pros and cons to this process. For me (as a candidate and hiring manager) the pros far outweigh the cons.
I would REALLY like to see more companies move forward with something like this – I think it makes them look more hip and cool, and definitely more efficient. It plays well to the YouTube generation, although I can see techno-phobia people worried – but you can get coached on how to do an excellent video interview.
I think HR is sleeping on the job for not picking up on this more. Doesn’t it make sense for recruiters and outplacement to fit this in also?
Oh, one more thing I know the founder (Ryan Money) and his partner (Mark Newman (mnewman @ hirevue.com)). Ryan just stepped into a Chairman position and Mark is now the CEO. Mark is very, very sharp – I look forward to watching their progress under his command!
What do you think about this type of stuff? Have you done an interview like this (a phone interview is quite different, by the way)? Would you be impressed or intimidated by an interview like this?